The Star That Brought Me To The True Jesus Church
Lim Sook Imm – Singapore
My name is Lim Sook Imm. I was born in 1959 and grew up in a devout Taoist family where memories of my early childhood comprised episodes of religious worship and devotion. Here is an account of how I came to believe in the Lord.
One day when I was still in primary school, my teacher told us a story of a man called Jesus who lived long ago in the city of Bethlehem. He performed many signs and miracles, and healed many who were sick, including the lame, paralytics and even the demon-possessed. However, some of His compatriots did not like Him. So they crucified Him to death on the cross.
I listened to the story attentively. It was the first time I had ever heard such a story. When I heard that He was put to death, somehow I had sympathy for Him. On that very night I had a dream. I saw a kind-looking man in a brown robe standing on the clouds. His head was swathed in a piece of cloth and with a staff in His hand, He slowly descended from the air. I fell on my knees and looked at Him intently. The man said to me, “I am Jesus. You must believe Me. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” (Jn 14:14). After this, I woke up from the dream but kept this message in my heart.
My father was the sole breadwinner in a family comprising ten children, my mother and grandmother. I was the eighth child. The stress of life often led to quarrels between my parents. I still recalled how, on one occasion, in a heated argument, my father smashed a rice jar to vent his anger. Seeing the whole place strewn with rice, I quickly collected the rice with my bare hands and put it into a basin. I was afraid that I would not have food to eat. I saw for myself how my parents suffered hardships despite their piety towards the idols. My mother was so devout to her deities, yet she did not receive even the most basic of protection from them. I resolved that I would not worship these idols placed in the house. Instead, I would pray to Jesus to protect my family.
When I was 15, one of my classmates invited my to the True Jesus Church. I mistakenly thought that I was going for free tuition in the church, so I sought permission from my parents on this basis and they consented. But even after I realized there was not going to be any free tuition, I was still delighted with the invitation. After all this time, at last, I would have a chance to know more about Jesus whom I had dreamt about, and the Jesus my former teacher had talked about. So I joined my friend for a Sabbath service at the True Jesus Church in 1974. Being a total stranger, I could only observe. But I heard the prayers of the congregation which sounded like many waters, just as described in the Bible (Rev 19:6). I attended services for 15 months, during which I learnt about the basic beliefs of the True Jesus Church. From the Bible, I also came to know that –
(i) Jesus was the Word who became flesh and he died on the cross for the remission of the sins of mankind. He resurrected on the third day and ascended to heaven. He is the only Saviour of mankind, God of the universe and the one true God (Jn 1:14; Mt 20:28; Jn 20:1-8; Lk 2:8-11)
(ii) Water baptism is a sacrament for the remission of sins (Jn 3:5; Acts 2:38)
(iii) To believe in Jesus is to fear God and love man (Mt 22:34-40)
Attending church services brought me many benefits, but I also met with trials and temptations. Believing in Jesus was considered a violation of family order by many of my family members. The love of my grandmother, the tears of my mother, the severity of my father’s wrath and the rebuke of my siblings became a powerful force to oppose my decision to believe in the Lord. Faced with such formidable opposition, I began to waver. One night I decided to pray to God for guidance. Lord, which direction should I take? Then I had a dream. This time, I saw a bright star from my backyard. Fascinated, I wanted to pick it. I went towards the star but it suddenly moved – going from my backyard to the main road, passing many places until it finally stopped before the True Jesus Church at Telok Kurau! There, the star shone even brighter, so much so that I could not open my eyes.
Finally, I found myself in the church hall before I woke up. This reminded me of the event of Jesus’ birth, when wise men followed the star from the East until it came to rest over the place where the child Jesus was born (Mt 2:1-12).
In spite of the differences in time and circumstances between me and the wise men, I was truly convinced that the Lord Jesus had listened to my prayers and showed me the direction to take.
By His grace, I was baptised into the Lord in December 1975.